He and Ruby adopted a child together, a son they called Al Jolson, Jr and with Erle he adopted two children, Asa, Jr and Alicia.
His relationship with his brother had waned, especially when Al’s career took off and Harry’s began to fail. After his wife died, the two started becoming close again. Having suffered from malaria while entertaining troops and losing one whole lung, Al suffered a massive heart attack and died in hotel suite with friends having only returned from Korea several weeks earlier.
Al Jolson Fact Sheet: Who was Al Jolson? The following short biography and fact sheet provides interesting facts about the life, times and history of Al Jolson.
Al Jolson Fact File Biography: Lifespan: 1886 - 1950 *** Full Name: Asa Yoelson *** Occupation: Jewish-American Singer, Film Actor and Comedian *** Date of Birth: Al Jolson was born on May 26th 1886 *** Place of Birth: Al Jolson was born in Seredzuis, Kovno Governate, Russian Empire *** Family background: His father was Moses Ruben Yoelson and his mother was Nechama “Naomi” Cantor. His father left Russia on his own and travelled to America where he found work in New York and saved to bring his wife and children to America to join him. By then he was working as a cantor at Talmud Torah Congregation in Southwest Waterfront in Washington D.C. *** Early life and childhood: He grew up with four siblings, Rose, Etta Hirsch, another sister died in infancy *** Education: Al Jolson at one point attended St Mary’s Industrial School for Boy’s ***
Al Jolson Fact 1:
Al Jolson was born on May 26th 1886
and during the 19th century period
in history when great strides were
made in the industrial revolution,
the Victoria era was coming to a
close and there were vast
technological advances being made.
Al Jolson Fact 8: In 1904 Al was working in a Brooklyn theatre and decided to change up his act by blacking up his face. The makeup worked and his popularity grew.
Al Jolson Fact 9: A year later Harry and Al went their own separate ways after an argument over Palmer who was confined to a wheelchair. Al and Joe performed together but were not very successful and they too decided to go their separate ways.
Al Jolson Fact 10: Al found
regular work in the Glove and
Whigwam Theater in San Francisco
where he had moved to.
Al Jolson Fact 15: By 1916 he was the lead star in Robinson Crusoe Jr. and in 1918 he reached newer heights in Sinbad.
Al Jolson Fact 16: By 1920 Al Jolson was the biggest star on Broadway.
Al Jolson Fact 17: Having made the big time on stage Al Jolson’s career took him to the motion pictures in such films as The Jazz Singer, The Singing Fool and Mammy.
Al Jolson Fact 18:
During World War II and the Korean
War he took the opportunity to
travel abroad to entertain the
troops together with others with
United Services Organization.
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